The picture above shows US landing operations in Kiska, a Japanese controlled Island in WW2. Dubbed operation cottage, the US, alongside Canadian forces, planned to secure the Island and anticipated a struggle against the Asian Axis power. They managed to occupy it after 313 dead,
2,500 wounded, sick, or frostbitten, and a destroyer heavily damaged. The Twist? THE JAPANESE HAD ALREADY LEFT THE ISLAND!
One of the most notorious incidences of a flop: the deaths were caused by allied forces MISTAKING EACH OTHER FOR THE ENEMY and incurring friendly fire, alongside running into the occasional stray mine.